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Undercover police reveals how Joyce Akinyi’s ‘drug cartel was busted’

An undercover detective on Wednesday revealed how he and colleagues arrested businesswoman Joyce Akinyi after busting a drug trafficking network in Nairobi two years ago.

Ms Akinyi was arrested on March 25, 2015 at her Deep West Club in Nairobi West where detectives were led by Alex Otieno who delivered a package containing narcotics.

Mr Humphrey Mwenda, the undercover detective, told a Kibera court that they had earlier arrested Mr Otieno at Dam 2 Estate in Langata following a tip off.


“Mr Otieno led us to a house where we recovered a bag containing a white substance we suspected to be narcotics. Further search revealed that Mr Otieno had concealed sachets containing a white substance in his socks,” Mr Mwenda told the court.

On interrogation, Mr Otieno revealed that the house belonged to Mr Kelvin Oduor and the rent was paid by a Ms Risper Auma.

“He told us that Risper had called requesting him to deliver the substance he had hidden in his socks to a person at Deep West.”

“We called officers from Anti- Narcotics Unit. As we waited for them, our team split into two. Two colleagues went with Mr Otieno to arrest Mr Oduor and Risper, while I and another officer remained to secure the house, a servant quarter,” Mr Mwenda stated.

Mr Oduor and Risper were arrested and taken to the house, where officers from Anti-Narcotics Unit had joined their colleagues.

“We noticed that Mr Otieno was constantly communicating on his phone. We asked him who he was communicating with and he told us Joyce Akinyi was requesting the substance he had in his socks. She was at her Deep West Resort,” the witness said.


It was at this point that Mr Mwenda and a Corporal Cheruiyot accompanied Mr Otieno to Deep West where they found Ms Akinyi in a salon.

She was arrested after receiving the substance from Mr Otieno.

A search on her bag revealed she had more drugs wrapped in white and black polyrthene paper, the court heard.

However the witness was stood down after the prosecution noticed a mixed up in the exhibits. The case was adjourned to April 10.

Ms Akinyi, Mr Otieno, Risper and Mr Oduor are jointly charged with trafficking heroin valued at Sh4.2 million.